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To become a Florida Supreme Court Family Law Mediator, you must undergo extensive training and conduct several mediations under the supervision of a Florida Supreme Court Family Law Mediator.
In the state of Florida, you are required to attempt mediation before asking the court for a final hearing.
My role as a Florida Supreme Court Family Law Mediator is to be a non-partisan neutral third party that has no personal interest or preference for the outcome of issues that are included in the mediation. As a Florida Supreme Court Family Law Mediator, my job is to try and help both parties reached an agreement regarding all or as many issues as possible that the mediation involves.
Sometimes both parties may decide they want to enter a pre-trial mediation. This is where the parties enter mediation prior to filing for divorce. I cannot represent either party but will act solely in the capacity of a mediator to both parties.
If one spouse comes to me and says, “hey maybe we can do mediation”, then I cannot be the mediator in that case, since I’ve already met with one of the parties in the case I can only be that party’s attorney if they retain my services. If both parties come to me at the same time and say they would like to go through mediation, in this situation I can act as a mediator, but I must always remain a non-partisan neutral third party.
As a Florida Supreme Court Family Law Mediator, other attorneys can also appoint cases to me as the mediator.
The Florida court also has a program for mediation where if the combined gross income of both spouses is up to $120,000, they may use the Court Mediation, which is much less expensive. If you make more than $120,000 combined gross income, then you must choose a private mediator.
Mediations are privileged events. As the mediator, the only thing that I can discuss outside of the mediation is if one of the parties talk about there being child abuse, elderly abuse, or a crime that is going to be committed in the future. Then I am obligated to report that to the responsible agency.
If an agreement has been reached in mediation, we will write out the agreement, they sign it, and it becomes a part of the court record, and I can testify in court about that.
It is important to note that a Florida Supreme Court Family Law Mediator is not supposed to form any opinions but should always remain neutral.
Susan J. Best, is a Florida Supreme Court Board Certified Family Law Mediator. She has spent her entire legal career assisting families in civil litigation disputes relating to divorce and family law issues.
BEST LAW, PLLC has extensive experience in assisting Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida residents and visitors who require professional Divorce and Family Law Mediator Services.
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